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Pepsi Center to install permanent metal detectors

By Ryan Parker
The Denver Post

The Pepsi Center is installing walk-through metal detectors for all future games and concerts.

The metal detectors will be installed before the first Colorado Avalanche pre-season game on Sept. 18, according to a news release from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.

The measure is to ensure the best safety standards for all events, according to the release.

“It is a top priority at Pepsi Center to make our fans and concert attendees feel safe inside our walls,” said Jim Martin, president and chief executive officer at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in the release. “We believe that installing (detectors) will only improve our already quality safety procedures and further ensure that security screenings are executed as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Other national venues, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles, have had metal detectors for years, according to Staples’ Center staff.

In Colorado, the Pepsi Center will be the first professional venue to install permanent detectors, according to the release.

It is unclear what the exact process — removal of pocket items and belts — will be.

A call to Pepsi Center officials was not immediately returned.

Ryan Parker: 303-954-2409, rparker@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ryanparkerdp